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Richard Honey
Mrs Justice Lang has refused permission for statutory review of the decision of an Inspector, refusing two planning applications for residential development of up to 220 dwellings in Central Bedfordshire.  The case raised issues concerning the application of the tilted balance and the Standard Method for the calculation of housing requirement within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)....
Annabel Graham Paul
In a very widely publicised decision, Annabel Graham Paul has successfully prosecuted a property developer and his tree surgeon for felling a giant redwood and 72 other trees in Swansea in breach of Tree Preservation Orders. All three Defendants initially argued the prosecution was an abuse of process because the TPOs were nullities as they had not been served on the correct landowner. These...
Alexander Booth QC
In a decision letter dated 9 October 2019 the Secretary of State determined to grant development consent for a strategic railfreight interchange, on land lying to the west of Northampton. The ‘Northampton Gateway’ Interchange is a nationally significant infrastructure project, comprising an intermodal freight terminal, with container storage and Heavy Goods Vehicle parking, together with rail...
Meyric Lewis
The inquiry has opened into proposals for a new “cultural quarter” at the heart of the Colchester town centre conservation area.  Colchester is the UK’s oldest recorded town.  The conservation area boasts an exceptional concentration of heritage assets including Grade I and II* listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments such as the Roman town walls and the 12th century St Botolph’s Priory....
Sarah Sackman
Mr Justice Andrew Baker handed down judgment in Corkish v Berg offering welcome clarity on the construction of a “dwelling” under section 3 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and the proper approach to the “splitting” of a single dwelling into multiple dwellings. The Respondent ratepayer was the occupier of a single main dwelling which was entered into the Council Tax list at band F. The...
Hereward Phillpot QC
In a decision letter dated 11 October 2019, ‘The Council of the City of Coventry (Coventry Station Warwick Road Car Park and Adjacent Land City Centre) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019’ (“the CPO”) has been confirmed without modifications. The purpose of the CPO is to facilitate the comprehensive redevelopment of Coventry Railway Station and the surrounding area in accordance with the Coventry...
Richard Honey
In a judgment given on 10 October 2019, Mr Justice Jay dismissed the challenge to the London Borough of Haringey (Wards Corner Regeneration Project) Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) which had been made in the case of Burgos & Amayo v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government & Haringey LBC.  The CPO includes the Seven Sisters indoor market.  Since around 2000, the...
Hereward Phillpot QC
The High Court (Ouseley J) has handed down judgment in the case of Satnam Millennium v. Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government [2019] EWHC 2631, and provided some important clarification on the approach to apparent bias challenges relating to planning inquiries. The case concerned an application under s.288 TCPA 1990, challenging a decision of the Secretary of State to...
FTB is delighted to announce that Esther Drabkin-Reiter and Conor Fegan have accepted invitations to join Chambers. Esther and Conor each completed a 12 month pupillage with us and join as tenants today, Tuesday 1 October 2019. Esther Drabkin-Reiter.jpg Esther Drabkin-Reiter Esther completed here pupillage under the supervision of Suzanne Ornsby QC, John Jolliffe...
Simon Bird QC
Following a three day planning inquiry, an Inspector has allowed an appeal under section 174(2)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 by Roofoods Ltd (trading as Deliveroo) against an Enforcement Notice alleging a material change of use of the property to use as commercial kitchens and delivery centre (sui generis) and installation of external plant to facilitate the use and has granted...

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